Lupe Poblano
Lupe Poblano

About Lupe
[Pronouns: he/ him / his]

Lupe Poblano is CompassPoint's Co-Director. In the context of shared leadership across our practice, the Co-Director role takes on the highest level accountability in ensuring that CompassPoint is values-driven, sustainable, and ultimately impactful in supporting leaders, organizations, and movements committed to social justice realize their full power. 

Currently, Lupe is one of the project leads and core faculty facilitators for the Network Weaver Learning Lab (created through a partnership between Management Assistance Group—MAG—and CompassPoint), an 18-month program that creates a space for leaders to develop their thinking and practice and to explore and experiment together on ways to advance the movement to end relationship-based violence. 

In the past, he has been a co-lead on the Next Generation Leaders of Color: a transformative cohort leadership development program designed specifically for leaders of color, which focuses on building leadership confidence, practical skills, and the ability to unleash organizational change. Additionally, he has also served as core faculty on the Blue Shield of California Foundation Strong Field Project and on the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program. 

Lupe also develops content, trains, and consults in the areas of individual and organizational leadership through the lens of a structural analysis of race, gender, power, privilege. He trains in CompassPoint’s public workshop program and is a certified coach with a focus on working with leaders of color who are hungry to find their voice and power and authentically live into their values. 

Before CompassPoint, Lupe served as the director of evaluation, learning, and strategy at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. In his nine years with Habitat, Lupe served in many leadership roles, such as director of finance and administration, director of integration for the merger between two bay area Habitat affiliates, and interim director of programs. During his time with Habitat, the organization grew from a budget of $800,000 with five full-time employees, to almost $13 million with 40+ full-time employees. He also wrote the business plan for and spearheaded a social entrepreneurship venture with Habitat that grossed more than $1.8M in its first 20 months of existence.

The proud son of Mexican immigrants, Lupe was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in Berkeley. 


Bachelor of Arts: Sociology 
University of California, Berkeley

Master of Science: Organizational Development 
University of San Francisco School of Management

Certified Professional Coach
Leadership That Works Coaching for Transformation Certification


  • CompassPoint project lead and core faculty facilitator for the Network Weaver Learning Lab (created through a partnership between Management Assistance Group—MAG—and CompassPoint) 
  • Overall program design for CompassPoint's first ever NGLC cohort in Los Angeles
  • Co-Creation of content for the fourth cohort of The Strong Field Projec

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